Mike Rowse A voice from New Mexico

2Oct/170

Human behavior fascinates me.

Human behavior is so amazing and fascinating. It can be good and it can be bad. Last night in Las Vegas we saw both. We saw a man take the lives of dozens of people and injured hundreds more. As of right now, if the police know why he did this, they are not making that public. But we also saw total strangers helping each other, not just the emergency personnel like police, firemen and women, or ambulance personnel, but concertgoers reaching out to others to help them get the safety, to tend to their wounds and so on. We’ve seen that over the last few weeks in response to the hurricanes and resulting damage. But it’s more about the manipulation of information and the desire for power that I want to talk about today.

Certainly there will be calls for the banning of so-called assault weapons after this tragic incident in Las Vegas. The facts will be ignored about all of the weapons that are in the possession of Americans and how few real incidents there are, of this type anyway. They will ignore the statistics that say criminals will do anything to get a gun to achieve their ends and that a ban on legally owned weapons would do little to stop them. They will ignore that more people are killed in a month in Chicago and other big cities by gang violence in which illegally obtained weapons are used then were killed in Las Vegas this week. But it’s because they want power. The politicians with their friends in the media will tell you that Republicans are conservatives don’t care about the debt in Las Vegas which is patently false. They will tell you that you must vote for them in order to stop tragedies like this in the future. They will ignore the facts that in areas where guns are outlawed, other means to accomplish such horrible ends are used such as bombs or poison.

But I also want to talk about a couple of other incidents that happened over the weekend. The mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, made news by claiming that Pres. Trump and the federal government have forgotten about her island and the people living there. She said Pres. Trump doesn’t care about them and is ignoring them. Of course the mainstream media and many of the Trump heaters in America picked up on that theme and carried the ball even further. They chastised him for playing golf or going out to dinner will people in Puerto Rico are suffering. They ignored the actual facts and the other information that was out there to refute her claim.

Just last week Mayor Cruz was praising the federal government’s response to the tragedy in Puerto Rico. But apparently her loyalty to Hillary Clinton in the radical Democrats caused her to change her tune. You can’t have a staunch Democrat Mayor not take advantage of a crisis and miss an opportunity to bash her political opponents.

It was also clear that according to other mayors in Puerto Rico as well as the heads of the various police departments and other first responding agencies that Mayor Cruz had not attended any of the meetings coordinated by FEMA in which they were discussing the efforts to provide aid to the citizens of Puerto Rico. These briefings and two-way discussions included what the people on the ground needed and how they were going to get it as well as the challenges that faced them in getting relief supplies to them. Let’s not forget that Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was already in total disrepair prior to the hurricane. Just getting truck drivers to be able to deliver supplies is a challenge. Not to mention the condition of the roads. All of those people attending the meetings have said that the response by the federal government has been fantastic.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosello, has said repeatedly that Donald Trump has been on the phone with him virtually every day. Those conversations have centered around the challenges and how the feds will help to overcome them as well as the governor making requests for assistance and declarations, each one of which Pres. Trump has answered. The governor said Pres. Trump has given Puerto Rico everything the governor has asked for.

I’ll move on to topic number two in my example; Pres. Trump tweeted that the gross domestic product, the growth in our economy, increased to 3.1% in the second quarter of 2017. A noted liberal journalist tweeted that the same thing had happened under Pres. Obama for each of the years that he was in office. If you look at the actual data from multiple sources both inside and outside the government including the Federal Reserve and Commerce Department as well as several economic think tanks, the actual annual growth for each year of Pres. Obama’s tenure ranged from -.3% to a high of 2.9%. There were a couple of quarters during his tenure or the annualized growth rate exceeded 4% and approached 5%. But that tells you that the other quarters during those time frames were pretty bad the highest growth rate achieved was 2.9%.

This is where I get to the human behavior point and observation. In the case of the gross domestic product, a friend of mine posted on Facebook the tweet from Pres. Trump and the response from the reporter. I pointed out the fallacy in his claim but my friend said that at least during Obama’s tenure it was a general upward trend. I pointed out that I was not denying the fact but that the claim by the reporter was patently false. My friend’s response was that he believes our current president tweets out a lot more fake stuff than anyone else. I knew that if I pointed out that the growth rate did not come from Pres. Trump but from federal agencies, he would just make up an excuse.

I also pointed out the fallacies and factual inaccuracies in the reports regarding the mayor of San Juan. Not to give credit where credit is due, one of my more liberal friends who hates Donald Trump with a passion, a purple passion as he put it, said that in the last week or so watching what is going on in Puerto Rico he has learned more about the media and how they are not reporting all of the news. However he still believes that Pres. Trump and the federal government to do more to help Puerto Rico and its citizens than they are doing.

It is hard for us to change. We hate to admit we were wrong or that we have been duped. People on both sides of the aisle have a hard time changing their preconceived notions, opinions or feelings. Sometimes we have to be hit in the face with a brick to believe that we might have been wrong about some policy or some politician or some opinion that we have held. That’s what makes it difficult to have an open and honest dialogue, especially in the public arena. Now imagine when you have politicians and media personalities knowingly lying to you (and I include omitting factual information in my definition of lying) how hard it makes it for us to actually have a discussion based upon facts.

We live in an age where it is much easier to access information from multiple sources than at any other time in our history. Yet we seem to have a populist that is much more ignorant than in past decades. I don’t care if you are a fan of Fox News or CNN, it’s incumbent upon us to try and find out what the actual information is into compare that to what is being reported to us. It seems that we tend to gravitate towards the new sources that we believe agree with our point of view or support our point of view. I think it’s time that we all learned to spend our efforts finding out what’s going on by accessing the source information, such as reports from federal agencies and think tanks, that show us the raw data rather than the interpretation of that information by so-called reporters or politicians. That’s when we will begin to take back our country and realize what the political elite and the media are doing to us.

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19Sep/170

The NFL is losing viewers… bigger picture preview?

The NFL has become the most popular sport in America and I think part of it might be the fact that from year-to-year there is a lot of parity anybody’s team can go from below average to competing for a division or conference championship from one year to the next or certainly within a couple of years, unless you’re the Cleveland Browns. But we also like to see the individual competition between elite players. College football offers us an atmosphere, and experience more than the NFL does. I think we like watching the NFL because of the elite players that are there.

But certainly the NFL is in a position, maybe at a crossroads even, where they could follow the path of baseball and lose their popularity for various reasons or they can hold onto their stranglehold is the most popular sport in the USA. Based upon a lot of empty stadiums and some decreasing ratings, I’m not sure the outlook for the NFL is that good.

Like a lot of issues, this one is not straightforward and simple. You can’t blame the current political statements and demonstrations being made by some players although that certainly has turned many fans off. Most are still watching the sum have given up the NFL. We don’t like seeing some of the personal situations that players put themselves in, such as domestic violence or DWI convictions. We don’t like the divas and the NFL has had an image problem with the way they discipline players or they’ve been attacked for not caring about player safety. All of these things have probably contributed in some way to the problems the NFL is currently facing.

But I think there’s something more to the problem than meets the eye. Think about 15, 25, 35 years ago when the NFL was really beginning to rise in prominence. We loved the rivalries between teams and we love seeing what many will call the violence of the game. The hits, the blood, the bruises, the players limping off the field. The effort put forth by guys who just loved the game. Those guys did not make a lot of money, in fact many had second jobs especially during the off-season. And to some extent today’s players are seen as privileged, entitled, and as whiners to an extent. They keep complaining about their future health and not just the unsettled questions around brain injuries. To some extent we don’t like that because they are making so much money especially as compared to people like Mike Ditka, Johnny Unitas, or pick any of your favorite players from years past.

And now the players have been successful in limiting the amount of practice time. I think this is much as anything is hurt the game. We watched the declining standard of play over the last 2 to 3 years and I think it shown up this year more than ever. We’ve seen more errors that you might describe as mental errors, which include things like proper tackling technique or missed assignments by lineman blocking. The quality of play has decreased and I think more people are leaving or not paying as much attention because of it.

Isn’t there some kind of mythological aura to the two a day practices that previous players had to endure in the preseason? I listened the holder players, retired players, who talked about the physicality of the game in practices even during the season. And that translated to the product on the field. I watched that in college for a number of years. That is, the quality of play is less than what you would expect from players who have continued to play at a higher level.

And now this week we have questions about one of the most high profile players in the league, Ezequiel Elliott, of the Dallas Cowboys being called out for not hustling on a couple of plays. We are going to see this more and more not just because of the lack of practice time, but because we have been raising a bunch of snowflakes over the last 20 years who worry more about their feelings than helping the team to win. They quit so easily. They throw temper tantrums more often than we used to see.

There are a lot of things that are outside of the player’s control. Also outside of the coach’s control. The one thing that is not outside of their control is their effort level. There give a damn. I don’t care if you’re the best player on the team for the 53rd best player on the team, each one of you can give 100% effort in practice and on the field from start to finish. Every coach can prepare his players, giving his all to have the knowledge to train them and get them ready for game time. A lot of the mistakes that are made during the game can be minimized or even eliminated with more effort and more of a willingness to commit to a greater cause, that being success of the team.

And it’s our way in our lives in general society. For colleges and schools are putting out kids who put themselves and their feelings first. Who are not taught about something bigger than themselves. But isn’t it funny that the same people who are teaching them to be little crybabies with entitlement mentalities, are the ones who push the idea of things like communes or socialism where everyone contributes to the greater picture? But these are all so the same people who say we have an obligation to society to have our government help out those who need it, using our tax dollars, but they’re the ones that are most often caught not paying their taxes.

As usual, sports gives us an insight into our society.

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13Sep/170

Da Pope hates Trump & America; or does he?

You have probably heard a number of stories over the last 10 months or so that Pope Francis does not like Donald Trump or America. There have been a number of stories about Pope Francis saying that we are the cause of many problems in the world, like global warming or climate change, Muslim terrorism, immigration, and so on.

There was a story this week that was reported in the media as Pope Francis saying Pres. Trump is not sufficiently pro-life because of his repeal of Obama’s executive order known as DACA. I guess the inference was that if many of these people stay in their home countries, they would be having abortions because they were concerned they might not be able to raise a child and feed him or her for example. But one of the bishops, who was on the plane during the interview released the transcript of the entire interview. The story told by the entire interview is much different than what the media reported. Imagine that!

Some of the things that Pope said that were not reported; there is a natural right for people to emigrate from a country in order to find or make a better life. That was reported in the mainstream media has an effort to criticize Pres. Trump’s recent actions. But the Pope said immediately after making that statement that a country accepting immigrants also has a right and the responsibility to make sure they can handle any immigrants. The receiving country has a right to screen those coming into their nation to ensure that the people are not there to harm them, that they will contribute to society, and they will assimilate to the rules and laws of the society to which they are emigrating.

He also went on to say that those countries that have high rates of immigration have a responsibility to change things making lives better in their countries so that people can provide for their families, can create a safe and sustainable life.

The Pope also said that the Catholic Church and other private organizations have an obligation to help immigrants who come to their country once they have arrived. The media reported this as saying sanctuary cities are supported by the Pope and the Catholic Church. What the Pope said was that the Catholic church and other private organizations are not here to recruit people to come to a nation but that once they arrived they are here to provide them with guidance so that they can find housing, jobs, and understand our laws and become productive members of society. Doesn’t that sound more like what the conservatives are saying rather than but the liberals are saying?

I do find it interesting that the Catholic charities helping out immigrants to this country are funded to the tune of 98% by taxpayer dollars. The Catholic Church is one of the richest organizations in the world and doesn’t seem to want to put a significant amount of money where their mouths are.

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13Sep/170

Quick Hits

Sometimes you wonder what people in charge of organizations are thinking. The NCAA is probably one of those organizations that gets second-guessed more often than almost to the federal government. That’s how bad it is when the NCAA makes decisions. This week the University of Texas will travel to the University of Southern California for a football game. It is the first time the two teams have met since the 2006 national championship game which was won by Texas. However in the USC media guide for this weekend’s football game, the Trojans say their all-time record against the Longhorns is 4-0. Now everyone knows that USC lost that national championship game. So how can USC claim to be undefeated against Texas? In subsequent years the NCAA determined that USC had violated NCAA rules and ordered USC remove references to all games played in the 2005-6 season. So technically that game, that some call the greatest game ever, was never played according to the NCAA. I just don’t understand why all reference should be removed, why not just put an asterisk next to those games in the media guide with an explanation that the winds were vacated and do not count because of NCAA sanctions? But what do I know?

You just cannot make this stuff up. Jennifer Lawrence was being interviewed I suppose regarding something she’s doing with relief efforts in Florida. Whatever the reason for the interview, the subject of hurricane Irma did arise. She said America is being punished by Mother Nature for electing Donald Trump president. How stupid do you have to be? So if Mother Nature is truly punishing America for doing something “she” did not like, then what did Cuba do? What did all of those other islands in the Caribbean do wrong? And if Mother Nature has the ability to punish us for actions we take them where has she been while China puts more pollution into the atmosphere and all other countries combined?

CNN was interviewing the United States Senator, at least I think it was CNN I just caught the last part of the interview on the radio. But this Sen. was discussing how Irma not only changed its predicted path but also weekend by the time it hit the mainland United States. He said, “Mother Nature has a mind of her own.” Really? I thought we were the ones that control the climate? If it’s this fictional lady then why is she allowing all of this so-called climate change to occur? Maybe because she wants it to. Or maybe all of the predictions about where and how strong the hurricane would be are just more proof that we really don’t know anything about the weather and the climate. At least not enough to be able to accurately predict what is going to happen or to be able to actually influence what will happen.

People can talk all they want, but if you want to know what they really believe, their actions speak louder than their words. Just as someone what is more important, cancer research or a bag of potato chips. I would bet everyone that answers honestly will say cancer research. But annually we spend between six and $7 billion a year on potato chips and only $4.9 billion a year on cancer research. No wonder we are a fat ass country.

I was listening to a program in which a nutritionist, who was also a medical doctor, was discussing certain things. One of the topics had to do with vitamins and how supplements, whether in pill or liquid form, don’t really do anything for the body. Getting the vitamins you need is always better done by ingesting foods that have those vitamins naturally. He began talking about vitamin D and how we make it by absorbing UVB rays from the sun. But he pointed out that too much vitamin D can be bad for you and that is why the body tans when exposed to the sun. As the skin becomes darker, due to the increase in melatonin in the skin, in great part to block further absorption of UVB rays and the creation of vitamin D. Maybe we should be listening to our bodies much more than we do. Doctors say we have seen an increased occurrence of vitamin E toxicity over the last 20 to 25 years as people have become more likely to take supplements and to avoid being out in the sun.

I was watching a program on the Science Channel that was discussing Venus. The general consensus among many planetary scientists is that Venus is Earth’s twin. Venus is just much older than our planet. These scientists say that we will, someday, being just like Venus. In case you graduated from public school in the last 30 years, Venus is a hot volcanic mess. Now the scientists say that we will eventually be just like Venus because of the natural progression in the life of our planet. This is also due to the deterioration of our orbit around the sun and that in 1 billion years we will be in the position that Venus is in now. Maybe it will happen soon or maybe not but it certainly will not be happening in our lifetimes. But of course some people believe that we are changing the climate for the worse and maybe will be a hot volcanic mess in the next 20 years, kind of like Courtney love’s breakdown.

23Aug/170

No really, staaaappp!

Okay this is getting completely ridiculous now. ESPN announced that they were removing a play-by-play announcer from the Virginia football game that takes place in a couple of weeks. The only reason they are removing him is because of his name, Robert Lee. This Robert Lee is Asian. But because his name is so similar to the former Confederate General, Robert E Lee, they were worried that his name might cause problems. Initially this was reported in the press release from ESPN which made it sound like, that this was management's decision. As the decision has been ridiculed in the twitter world and other areas, ESPN has said that Robert Lee, the television announcer, approached them about the situation and they reached a mutual decision to reassign him.

This really has to stop. First of all it shows the ignorance of the masses in understanding what Robert E Lee stood for and what he stood against. I will say it again because some of you don't seem to get it, he was adamantly opposed to slavery and had spoken out against slavery before the war. He was also offered the commander in chief position of the Union Army because he was considered a brilliant military strategist and leader. But as was common in those days, people thought of themselves as citizens of their states probably more so than citizens of the United States. Robert E Lee declined the offer because his home state was seceding from the union and he owed loyalty to them. It also goes to show that the reasons for secession were multiple and slavery was a minor concern at the time.

So to say Robert E Lee's name is offensive because it represents slavery is absolutely wrong. The ignorance of people combined with their willingness to commit acts of violence as well as censorship by removing his statues and name and images, which will be shortly followed by removing him from history books, is leading to ridiculous actions like this.

And who is committing the violence? It was not the white supremacist or neo-Nazi group that demonstrated in Charlottesville a few weeks ago. It was the left wing, members of ANTIFA and/or Black Lives Matter. Why did they show up to demonstrate against the white supremacists carrying two by fours with nails embedded in them, covering their face with masks, wearing helmets to protect themselves, and apparently ready to commit violence? They even attacked people who were there spontaneously to demonstrate against the neo-Nazis but were not part of their group.

Quite simply people like George Soros are paying demonstrators to show up and commit acts of violence. To say that Robert Lee, the TV announcer, and ESPN were worried about white supremacists is wrong on their part. Their fear is misplaced. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis responded to being physically attacked by the counterdemonstrators. We have that on video as well as eyewitness reports from independent witnesses. We also have the history of groups like ANTIFA & BLM showing up in multiple places and committing acts of violence.

I heard someone say that white supremacist groups are becoming more active in America. That is not true. What is becoming more prevalent are the violent attacks and hateful rhetoric being spewed by left-wing groups. They show up everywhere ready to commit acts of violence and it's a rare occasion when they don't. Until we begin calling them out and demand that they be prosecuted along with people like George Soros who are paying them to engage in these violent acts it is only going to get worse. We have to demand that our political leaders, along with their friends in the media, open their eyes and tell it like it is. And if they don't we need to vote them out of office or quit buying their papers or watching their news broadcasts so that they lose and revenue. We have the power we just haven't been using it now we find ourselves in this situation.

21Aug/170

Just Stop Already!!!

I was listening to the Ryen Russillo podcast on Friday show during which he was joined by Ellie as cohost. This was the first time I had heard as a cohost of radio shows but she has been around ESPN in various capacities for a while. For the purposes of this post, it is important to note that she is a black woman, which she said she is reminded of every day in both a good way and a bad way. Maybe we’ll get to that part later but this is more about symbolism and as she and Ryan put it, “optics”.

Over the last couple of years ESPN has done what they call a fantasy football marathon. On both television and radio they go for 28 straight hours with various shows talking about players and their impact in various fantasy football leagues, how to run a league, etc. This year’s show included a fantasy football auction during which participants were given a pool of money and could bid upon football players to add to their team. Now this differs from most fantasy leagues in which you have a draft of some type but similar to what the NFL has for the real NFL league.

A very vocal minority was upset about the player auction, which by the way in golf we call it a Calcutta, because they said the optics made it look like a slave auction. Yes, the majority of players in the NFL are black but every player in the NFL was available to be auctioned. I don’t know the exact workings of this auction and how they decided what players to put up for bid but I’m assuming they took the top players in each positional category and the participants had to decide how much they were going to spend on the player if they wanted to get them on their team.

So now people are upset and ESPN has apologized for holding what appeared to be a slave auction even though there were white players auctioned as well as players of other ethnicities. But of course the optics or the way it looked is what’s more important to those who are complaining and not going deeper than the surface to see whether or not that was the intent of the organizers and making a decision about whether this should be offensive or not.

Now Ryan Russillo try to dance around and say he thought people were overreacting by he didn’t want to offend anyone so if he was trying to say that people were overreacting it didn’t come across very clearly. And he admitted that is difficult for him as a white male to understand how people could be offended and to empathize with them. Once again it’s bunch of bull crap that means we cannot learn about things in this world that we have not experienced. But Ellie said that it was a fail by ESPN and she understands how so many people compare this to a slave auction. I guess the players put up for bid were enslaved, showed up in chains maybe or were on the auction block against their will not having chosen to play football.

But Ellie took this in a couple of different directions including saying the combine that the NFL holds every year where they put players to mental and physical tests to help rate their future success in the NFL could also be seen as having ties to slavery. Many positions in the NFL require a high level of athletic ability which can be demonstrated in some part to the physical testing the players endure at the NFL combine, where they engage in things like speed tests, strength tests etc. There are also mental tests and interviews that they participate in, which I don’t think ever occurred in a slave auction. But because the majority of players are black, Ellie and others have said this could be reminiscent of what happened at slave auctions 200 years ago.

Ellie also said that she grew up in Georgia and she knew it someone had a Confederate flag sign in their yard or on a flagpole in their yard, she knew that that person did not want her there. Really? Because the Confederate flag did not stand for slavery when it was used it has been turned into that by ignorant people who have no clue as to what the Civil War was originally fought over. Many people use that Confederate flag similar to the “don’t tread on me” revolutionary flag to say they are rising up against governmental tyranny. Many people do not even associate that flag with promoting bigotry, discrimination, or slavery.

But I have a very strong feeling based upon other comments she made that she supported Hillary Clinton in the last election. While Hillary Clinton had a campaign button with her logo on it but the background was a Confederate battle flag. Does that mean that Hillary is racist or bigoted and doesn’t want people like Ellie around? Well if Ellie is going to be honest intellectually, then she has to say the same thing about Hillary Clinton. She won’t of course because Hillary is a Democrat and one of the most liberal areas. Remember she was married to the “first black president”. Who by the way also had a similar campaign button in 1992.

They then turned the conversation to a street in Boston named Yawkey Way. The street is named after former Boston Red Sox team owner Thomas Yawkey there is quite a bit of controversy right now over the naming of the street and an effort to change it because Thomas was a racist. Now I don’t know if he ever espoused racist viewpoints are supported racist policies but I understand he refused as long as he could to higher black players for the Boston Red Sox. Boston does have a reputation for being a racist community and maybe he was making a business decision not wanting to upset his loyal fans or maybe he agreed with them.

But the fact is that he did a lot of good in Boston and was apparently a very charitable man. I understand he was involved in a lot of community organizations, donated to hospitals and other charities, and so on. But a group of people wants to rename the street that is named after him because of his racist views. Once again they are ignoring probably 90% of what the man did and focusing upon the 10%. Certainly if he was actively or even in actively racist that is not a good thing and people should know that. But life is not simple nor is a black and white. It is gray. We cannot throw out the baby with the bathwater and remove all things that might be offensive even if they are true.

But back to Ellie and her comments regarding Thomas Yawkey. She said she is more offended by the Confederate flag because to keep her down because of her race and it directly affects her. She is not as offended by the street name because that does not directly affect her. Isn't it kind of odd for a liberal to say they can put their nose in somebody else’s business? That's what liberals do all the time. But in this case shouldn't she speak out against racism, if she believes Thomas Yawkey was racist? I think that's the right thing to do. But again liberals do not have principles, at least not in the way most of us do. It depends upon the situation whether or not they agree or disagree with a specific behavior.

Quite simply the furor over the NFL auction conducted on ESPN or the street name in Boston or the Confederate battle flag being displayed are all overreactions by people who represent the minority of Americans who are easily offended by things they don't understand. They have a victim mentality and want to cry Wolf every opportunity they get and destroy other people that they do not like. There are much more serious and real problems in this world that might get solved if these professional victims and agitators spend all of that effort trying to solve the real problems of the world.

15Aug/170

Random thoughts and quick hits

the Democrats and liberals have become so wound up in identity politics, which is their formula for keeping them in power, that they don't know anything else. That's why they haven't really had a message about how to improve the economy, international relations, any problem is faced assassination for 40 years. But you know the one biggest problem with identity politics we can never be united again as long as that is the primary motivator for our politicians. Because the inherent message in identity politics is that if my group get something then your group doesn't or vice versa. It's as if there is a finite amount of opportunity or wealth or anything else and that my group must get it in order to keep your group from taking it away from me. Until we go back to identifying ourselves as Americans, were going to have the strife that we are seeing now in America.

Kind of along the same lines is that we are often told at least we white males are often told, that we can't understand the plight of any minority. Whether that be an ethnic minority women, whatever the identified group is, we can't understand their plight. The inference is that we are the root cause of all problems facing any demographic group in America. But it goes deeper than that. By saying that, for example, I cannot understand the plight of black men in America, you are saying that I do not have the ability to learn. I don't have the ability to observe, to read, to listen and to use consequential thinking skills to be able to understand the plight of any downtrodden individual or group. That is completely incorrect. We all have the ability to learn. We may not be able to feel the way they feel because of the experiences they've had but we can come darn close. Yet, while the liberals tell me that I can't understand their plight, they can tell me they understand everything that motivates me, everything that I feel, everything that I think, etc. So how does that work?

Marshawn Lynch, the current running back for the Oakland Raiders said he will not stand during the national anthem at NFL football games. He said one of the main reasons he will not stand is because of America's past transgressions when it comes to race relations and his inability to forgive and forget. So I guess his ability to look at history and see how we have improved, even though there is more improvement to be made, and his ability to forgive is nonexistent. I'm not asking him to forget what has occurred in America but and asking him to think about all of the products we may ask how much more needs to be made in other parts of the world. I'm asking him to look at history and see that it was not just white men that participated in the slave trade. Is he unwilling to forgive his black ancestors in Africa that sold the slaves to white European males? Is he unwilling to forgive the Muslims who enslaved people of all ethnicities, religions, etc.? Or does he even know about the full history of slavery in this world? Maybe not because the left wing is trying to erase all offensive history.

Nick Robertson, a reporter for CNN, said that Bowl Cut Jr. of North Korea will not enter into any agreement with the United States because he doesn't trust us after what we did to Mohamer Qaddafi of Libya. In Robertson's opinion Kin Yung Un believes that Qaddafi did everything the United States asked yet we still had him killed. Or in the alternative he was killed by his own people and we stood by and watched not living up to the perception that we were going to protect him. So North Korea won't give up their weapons and become peaceful because he believes that we will allow at the very least his people to rise up and overthrow him. He enjoys a very lavish lifestyle and doesn't want to give it up. But you're also assuming that Bowl Cut Jr. thinks rationally. We have practice a policy of appeasement for 25 years and North Korea has never lived up to their end of the agreements. The ultimate endgame has to be to remove the dictator from power in North Korea. Because as long as he lives there and has complete control over his people they will never rise up. The difference between North Korea and Libya, the biggest difference, is that the people of Libya had contact with the outside world the people of North Korea have very little idea what the rest of the world is like and don't know anything about freedom. Besides, Kim could take his wealth and find refuge in another country and let the lifestyle he wants. It's been done before Nick, check your history.

14Aug/170

The NFL pundits just can’t get it right

whether it is truly deserved or not the NFL has an image problem when it comes to the way they discipline their players for violation of legal rules. Remember a few years ago when Ray Rice was caught on a hotel security camera knocking out his girlfriend and dragging her by the hair into an elevator? The NFL issued I think a three-game suspension and they were excoriated for not being tough enough on Ray Rice. There were a couple of other subsequent instances regarding domestic abuse that the league was criticized for not being tough enough. Now Ezekial Elliot, the running back for the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended for six games after allegedly being involved in a domestic violence situation prior to becoming an NFL player. And while there is a line of support for the six-game suspension there is also a lot of criticism of the NFL and their handling of the situation.

the supporters of Elliott are saying that he was not charged criminally for any of the incidents that his former girlfriend alleged occurred because the district attorney said that was not enough evidence and it may have been that she fabricated some of the alleged violent meetings. Many are saying that because Elliott was not charged criminally he should not be punished by the NFL. Others are criticizing the NFL for taking a year to investigate the situation before handing out punishment.

Let's make sure we understand a couple of things, the NFL was criticized for rushing to judgment in the Ray Rice situation and other disciplinary hearings. So for them to take a year, which might be on its surface an excessive amount of time, they were trying to be thorough and had to do a deeper investigation because the police and district attorney dropped their investigations apparently and wouldn't share information with the NFL either. And how quickly do people really get to trial in a criminal case? Not very quickly at all; it's not unusual to have a case schedule more than a year after an arrest.

let's also not forget that often in domestic violence situations the victim refuses to cooperate in the criminal investigation which makes the prosecutor's job almost impossible. If there is not independent verifiable and documentable evidence such as videotape then there's almost no way you can prosecute someone successfully when it's a he/she said situation. The credibility of the alleged victim in this case was easily called into question and so the prosecutor decides that it's not likely he will get a verdict in his favor so decides not to pursue the case.

The standard of proof in order to be successful in a civil case or matter, which is what the NFL is dealing with is much lower than that of a criminal case. Look at what happened to O.J. Simpson, he was cleared of charges in the criminal case but found guilty unanimously in the civil case brought by his ex-wife's family. And let's not forget that the NFL is a private business and has the right to hold their employees to a specific standard of behavior in the right to meet out punishment as they see fit. The players union gave the NFL front office staff the ability to be the sole determining of punishment if a player violates league rules.

The NFL has to make money and if they become seen as a Lee that is full of bugs, wife beaters, drug addicts, murderers etc. then they are going to lose viewers and sponsors just like the NBA did 20 years ago. Whether you agree with the punishment meted out Elliott, it doesn't really matter because the NFL has the right to do that.

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14Aug/170

Let me get this straight…

the current atmosphere in America is vitriolic and divisive. Much of that is due to ignorance and I will point that finger directly at many on the left side of the aisle. I will also point to those entrenched in the power structure who use issues like race to divide us and put themselves in power or keep themselves in power. I think what has happened over the weekend in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is representative of what's going on in our country right now.

a neo-Nazi group holds a demonstration in support of their beliefs which the vast majority of people in America regardless of their ethnicity disagree with and find abhorrent. David Duke, one of the leaders of this group, says that he supports Donald Trump and they like much of what Trump is doing. So immediately the powerbrokers and the liberals jump on that and say Donald Trump is a racist bigot who agrees with a bunch of Nazis. It doesn't matter that Donald Trump has come up before and came out again and said in no uncertain terms that he does not support their agenda or their belief system. He has done nothing in his private life as far as his actions to stop give anyone legitimate reason to believe that he's some type of white supremacist. But true to the liberal way of doing things they throw that out there as if it's a fact and a lot of people who are ignorant believe it.

Then that belief or that "fact" is taken to the next level where anyone who supports Donald Trump or voted for Donald Trump must agree with the Nazis as well. Then the left wing, a minority groups such as the race baiters in Black Lives Matter says that the Nazis viewpoints are representative of mainstream white America. This is the type of blanket racist statement that takes away from the real issues that need to be discussed. I've said it before and I'll say it again there is racism in America but is not institutionalized in the way that the left wing claims it is. Our government gives preferential treatment to minority groups and against white men primarily. That in and of itself meets the definition of racism but it's legalized racism against white men. We have given these groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists a reason to say that America is racist against them.

And of course as has happened so many times over the last year the left wing protesters become violent first. They are the ones that began throwing bottles and rocks at the demonstrators who have a legal right to be there and express their views. That's no different than any other group irregardless of their beliefs. They have a right to free speech and while many of us, most of us for that matter, disagree with what they were saying we will defend their right to congregate and say it. It doesn't mean that we agree with them. What it does mean is that we hold our individual rights dear and realize that these extend to all citizens of the United States.

Now this idiot that takes his car and drives into a group of protesters injuring several and killing one, is just that, an idiot. But what is definitely interesting is that it appears based upon some of his social media posts and other records that he supported Hillary Clinton in the campaign and is very much anti-Donald Trump. Now that may be proven to be in accurate later but right now that's what it appears like. So it makes me wonder if he was even one of the neo-Nazis at all. Maybe he had a different agenda and thought he was running into some of the neo-Nazis rather than the protesters. But the simple fact is this, the vast majority of people in this country do not agree with what he did in any way shape or form no matter what his beliefs were. Yet the left wing is there to tell you that he represents mainstream America.

I find it quite interesting that the people who are calling all white Americans racist, bigots, and supporters of white supremacy and especially calling Donald Trump all of those things because this group supports him are the same ones who failed to call out Barack Obama. That Donald Trump has never made a statement supporting any white supremacist group whatsoever. He has made a number of statements condemning them in their beliefs. However Barack Obama said on several occasions that he supports Louis Farrakhan and the nation of Islam and believes that they have some good ideas that need to be discussed in America. The nation of Islam is a racist group that espouses many beliefs similar to a white supremacist group only they call for black segregation and supremacy. On their webpage in there's statement of what they believe they say that Blacks and whites cannot get along together and should live in separate nations.

There are some simple truths that people are ignoring: if someone says they support me it does not automatically mean that I support them and that extends to our politicians and everyone else equally; neo-Nazis, Nation of Islam, Black lives matter, the new Black Panthers, white separatists, any of these groups that base their belief system upon racism and bigotry do not represent the majority of people in America or the principles upon which this nation was founded; I can support someone with whom I disagree on some issues, it doesn't mean that I agree with them on everything; Finally and most importantly we can and should disagree with each other in a civil manner without calling each other names or engaging in violence.

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3Aug/170

Every now and then a liberal gets it right

As many of you know from these columns or the radio show, I spend a lot of time listening to ESPN radio. I believe that a large portion of ESPN's money problems are due to the increasing inclusion of political talk into the sports shows. Don't get me wrong, there are times when sports have been catalysts for change in society and there are political and societal issues cross over into sports. But at its core, sports is entertainment for the vast majority of the fan base and they use it as an escape from the rest of the world. When their escape becomes too much like the rest of their world, they'll go find something else to watch.

Colin Kaepernick is one of those issues that, at first, may have been something that most people could have used to stimulate discussion about larger, societal issues regarding race relations and police brutality. But because of what I'll call his inability to articulate just what he was protesting, he did not become an icon of change for most Americans, including a large portion of the African American community.

Will Cain is a relatively new host on ESPN radio. I believe he's on a regular show weekend mornings or maybe just Sunday morning and is a frequent fill in host for weekday shows when the regular host is gone. I have listened to him enough to know that he's very into political issues and is a liberal. You can imagine that I don't see eye to eye with him very often but on this day I have to give him credit for understanding the anger most Americans have with Kaepernick's actions.

Cain said that while many Americans did not and would not like Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem, they would have shown more tolerance towards him if he'd been able to articulate a valid reason for his protest. But Kaepernick, like many liberals, spoke in broad generalities saying things like America is a racist country; police are targeting and killing minorities, and blacks are treated as 2nd class citizens in America.

Cain opines that Kaepernick would have garnered more support both inside and outside of football and have suffered less vitriolic criticism if he'd been more specific in expressing his concerns. Pointing out statistics or specific areas where there are problems rather than painting us all as bigots for example. For once a liberal gets it; no one of significance denies that there is racism in America; no one denies that some cops are racist or overly violent; but America itself is not racist, our policies are not racist, cops don't deliberately, as a force, target anyone for arrests. Race is a sensitive issue even under the best of circumstances and when you try to paint an entire demographic as racist or bigoted or anti-anything, then you lose the support of the majority. And that solves nothing.

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